UPDATE: Hi everyone, I'd just like to update and announce that I have won 1 of the 3 places in the Young Composers Challenge orchestral division! I will receive 1000$, along with a professional live recording of my piece in Orlando where I will be attending a rehearsal of it etc.!
I am very excited and I owe a great deal of my success to the input I have received here. Thanks guys!
(My name is Daniel Zarb-Cousin and the piece is Largo for Orchestra)
Here is the piece/judge comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnAxqDkIGE&sns=fb
Hi everyone. I haven't posted here for a while, but I have come back for some advice.
First off, I'd like to share that I have made it to the finals of the Young Composers Challenge which is a national composers contest for teens aged up to 18. I have found out I am in the top 7 out of 80 submissions. I have yet to win and get into the final 3. Cross your fingers! :-)
Here is the piece along with judge comments afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnAxqDkIGE&sns=fb
The website: http://www.youngcomposerschallenge.com/
Anyway, with that being said, I am a junior and after summer will be a senior and I am getting started in the whole college thing. I'm in SoCal but would like to leave and move somewhere colder within the country. I'd prefer to study composition at a conservatory but I realize that I need to be open to other places.
So, my request is for general advice about the best way to go about studying composition after high school. Are the big music conservatories like Curtis and New England and etc. really all that good for composition like they are for performance? What schools are best for classical composition? How should I go about application pieces? Is it better to write them on software with playback or should I go the more genuine route of writing on piano on paper?
If you need more info from me to answer these please do ask.
Thanks! I'd appreciate any and all advice.